Sustainable Skaneateles

From Our Farmers to Your Table

Sustainable Skaneateles and the Skaneateles Farmers Market invite you to meet the market farmers. Learn why local food sources are healthier and a more sustainable choice for your family and our planet. If you purchase food at our local farmer’s market you are supporting local farms, buying fresher fruits and veggies and connecting with the community. Our Market Vendors will be available to share with you their produce growing stories and what they “literally” bring to your table.

“From Our Farmers to Your Table” will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm, at the Skaneateles High School Library,   This event is free and open to the public.  Those that attend will be entered into a Market Basket drawing.

The mission of Sustainable Skaneateles is to foster action, communication, education, and collaboration to achieve a sustainable community for current and future generations. Our theme for 2016 is “Sustainable Food”. In addition to our “From our Farmers to Your Table” event we are lining up additional activities during the growing season to promote sustainable food, including a “Food and Film” Series with the Auburn Public Theater (APT) and a Community Pot Luck Supper.



Explore Our Energy Future

The Skaneateles Village Hall will be participating in the Explore Our Energy Future Day.  On Sat., Apr. 23, 2016, from 11 am to 3 pm,  clean energy sites will be open for the public to visit for free.  To see all the sites which will be featured check out the Map.  For additional information visit the Climate Change Awareness and Action website.


Solarize Workshop to be held September 30 in Skaneateles


Free Solarize CNY Workshop

“Solarize CNY”, the Town of Skaneateles, and Sustainable Skaneateles invite the community to attend a Solarize CNY workshop to be held Wednesday, September 30 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Skaneateles Fire Department, 77 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. The workshop provides information on NYS incentives, which encourage adoption of clean, sustainable energy for homeowners, businesses, landlords, farms, and non-profits. This free community education workshop will help people familiarize themselves with the benefits of solar energy and the bulk purchasing discounts that are offered through the program.

Why attend a Solarize CNY Workshop?

Find out more about how solar systems work and how you can benefit from the assistance of the Solarize campaign. Learn about costs, financing, and the viability of solar for your home or business. Take advantage of the Solarize campaign’s pre-qualified installers, selected through a competitive process based on quality, service and equipment.

Solarize CNY representatives and partner installers will be available at the workshop to help answer any questions that you might have. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to enroll in a free-no-obligation site assessment to determine whether your site is suitable for Solar Power and how much you can save if you make the switch to solar.

How does the Solarize CNY campaign Work?

The Solarize campaign combines the purchasing power of our community to negotiate a reduced price for individual solar installations. This reduced price, when combined with state and federal tax credits and state incentives, makes solar power more affordable than ever!

The Solarize CNY Campaign is based on the success of last year’s Solarize Syracuse campaign — which more than doubled the number of solar installations in Syracuse and selected suburbs.

To find out more about the Solarize CNY program please visit:



2nd Annual ReBike Event, Saturday May 30

ReBike 2015

Back by popular demand, Sustainable Skaneateles’ “Re-Bike” event will return to the Allyn Arena on Saturday May 30, 2015, from 9am to 1 pm.  This family-oriented event will again feature bicycle repair workshops, person-to-person bicycle ales or swaps, and a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 1 through 5.

“Last year’s Re-Bike was a great success,” says event organizer and cycling enthusiast Dave Middleton. “Many families found just the right replacement bike for one or more of their growing bicyclists. Everyone who shopped for new wheels– adults and kids alike– really appreciated the chance to try out the bikes by riding around inside the Allyn Arena.”

Anyone who has a bicycle they no longer use — whether adult or kid-size– is encouraged to bring that equipment to Allyn Arena on the morning of the Re-bike, where they can offer it for sale or swap on whatever terms they choose. “Obviously, the more bikes people bring to sell or swap, the better the chances that other folks will find something they want or need,” says Middleton. Bike equipment and gently-used clothing are also welcome.There is no admission fee or other charge for participating in the Re-bike.

The event will include demonstrations on bike repair, tire changing, bike sizing and adjustment, and more. There will also be a Rules-of-the-Road Review and , beginning at 11 am, a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 1-5. Kids must have their own bikes and helmets to participate in the Rodeo. At the end of the event, any bikes are no longer wanted may be donated to become part of the CNY Family Bike Giveaway at Christmastime.

Contact person(s):
Dave Middleton       315- 604- 2137

Brian Hidy            315- 430- 5743



Earth Hour 2015

EH 60+ LOGOCelebrate Earth Hour

Saturday, March 28

7PM, St. James Parish Hall

Presentation by Author & Sustainability Expert, Mark Coleman
Followed by an opportunity to discuss Climate Change and personal actions to curb that change.
8:30 – 9:30 PM Thayer Park for Lights Out Celebration and Hot Cocoa (bring your own mug)

Click here for more information.

Earth Hour, March 28, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM

Watch the Earth Hour Video. See what countries and cities are doing around the world to curb Climate Change. What can Skaneateles do? What can you do?

Movie “Disruption” to be shown at St. James Parrish Hall, Sunday, September 6 at 6:30 PM

On Sunday, September 7th, people across the country will gather for watch-parties and screenings to watch a new movie about the climate movement. EarthWorks and Sustainable Skaneateles will be hosting the screening at St. James Parrish Hall at 6:30 PM.


This film weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history. It’s got some folks you might find familiar (like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein), and also brings some fresh faces and powerful new stories to the fore.

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